Entries by Marco Schwartz

5 Ways to Make Money with Open-Source Hardware

The main question that usually comes up when starting an open-source hardware business is the following: how am I going to make money with it ? Indeed, open-source hardware is commonly associated with the idea of everything being free. And this seems to be in total contradiction with the idea of running a profitable business. Of […]

Comparison of Internet of Things Platforms for Prototyping

Technology has played a huge role in increasing efficiency in the work place, improving living conditions at home, monitoring health and environmental conditions and saving energy and natural resources. This has been made possible through continuous development of sensing and actuation devices. Due to the huge data handling requirements of these devices, the need for […]

Build a Physical Bitcoin Ticker With the ESP8266

The Internet of Things can be used in many applications. For instance, in this project, we are going to use ESP8266 to venture a little bit into the Bitcoin industry. The project we will be looking at will involve getting real-time prices of Bitcoin and displaying the prices on an OLED screen. We’ll also add […]

Build a WiFi Controlled Robot with the ESP8266

Building your own mobile robot is becoming easier and easier, thanks to excellent ready-to-use robotic platforms. A good example of such platform is the Adafruit Mini Robot Chassis kit, which comes with a nice robot chassis, two servo motors with wheels and a support-wheel. This makes it the perfect base for all your mobile robot projects. On the […]

Review of Open Source Wearable Platforms

Open source wearable platforms have, in a big way, propelled the advancement of hardware and software development in the electronics field. Apart from making it possible for people to come up with innovative wearable devices, they have led to the production of efficient, miniaturised, low-power circuits that can be used in other applications. Some of […]

Monitor Data From Anywhere Using the Particle Electron

When people talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), all that usually comes to mind is a Wi-Fi or Ethernet enabled device. However, such devices cannot be deployed in remote areas with no Local Area Network (LAN) or Wi-Fi hotspot. In such cases you have to use an alternative means of connecting to the Internet. […]

Adafruit Feather HUZZAH ESP8266 Review

Being able to control home appliances via the Internet is a dream come true for many people. Not only does it make life easy, but also helps save energy. Unlike in the past, home automation is not expensive and doesn’t require specialists to build your own home automation system. Now, even an electronics newbie who […]

How to Run Your ESP8266 for Years on a Battery

For most of the projects I am building with the ESP8266 WiFi chip, I usually don’t care too much about the power consumption aspect. I for example build data loggers that are constantly connected to the mains electricity, and appliances controller which also have an easy access to power. However, in some cases, we want to build […]